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Sunbath by Celeritas

Author: Celeritas
Title: Sunbath
Rating: PG-13
Theme: Some Like it Hot
Elements: 399
Author's Notes: Rating is for a married couple acting married.
Summary: There's a strange building in the Houses of Healing...
Word Count: 399 by MS Word

Rosie thought she would never be so happy to see growing things.  They had been in the White City but a week and already the height and the splendour were getting to her.  Things had, Sam assured her, improved since his first visit here, but a tree or a flowerbed did little to raise the spirits when there was nothing but cold marble under your feet.

 

Sam told her, of course, all about the gardens at the Houses of Healing, but what with all the ceremonies and business they hadn’t got much time in for leisure.  But today was May the first, and Sam had pointedly informed the King that if he did not get to spend it in private with his wife there would be consequences.

 

Here the gardens were larger, and even though if she looked the wrong way her head still swam Rosie appreciated the difference.  There were even a few corners where things looked untended.

 

Turning around, she saw near the parapet’s edge a strange roofless building, isolated from the rest.  “What’s that?” she asked Sam.

 

“That?” he said.  “Oh, that’s the sunroom.  Strange habit these Southerners have: sometimes when folk are ailing the healers say they need a sunbath.”

 

“A sunbath?  What in the Shire is that?”

 

“Well, it’s much like a normal bath, only there’s no water.  You just lie down in the sun without a stitch on and let it warm you right up.”

 

Rosie flushed.  “Without—”

 

“That’s why there’s a building for it.  And why it don’t have windows.”

 

“Scandalous!”

 

“Quite.”  He lowered his voice to a whisper.  “Do you want to give it a try?”

 

“Sam!”  There was a light in his eyes.  “Impatient, are we?”

 

He took her hand and started to walk towards the sunroom.  “All right,” she said quietly, eyes flicking over to him, “but only if you show me how it’s done.  And you can’t laugh at my sagging belly.”

 

“Laugh?  Why should I?  You’re still the prettiest lass I ever laid eyes on.”

 

He reached up to open the door.  “Good.  There’s no one inside.”

 

Laughing like truants, they slipped in and shut the door.  Sam locked it, then pulled her in for a kiss.  Rosie’s world exploded in fire.  And as she reached up to unbutton his waistcoat, she decided that perhaps not all the customs of the Southlands were quite so bad…



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shirebound
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
LOL, ain't love grand? :D And I like how Sam *told* the King something, instead of asking. Here's a hobbit who knows how to have a long and happy marriage.
labourslamp
Jul. 21st, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Of course Sam told the King! If he hadn't and they'd have had to spend their anniversary that way, Rosie would have had conniptions. And Sam would've deserved it!

Fortunately Sam is far wiser than that. ^_^
foxrafer
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely adorable. It's great to see them in love and happy.
labourslamp
Jul. 21st, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm a sucker for hobbit romances, especially Sam/Rosie.
addie71
Jul. 21st, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Aw, that's so cute!
labourslamp
Jul. 21st, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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labourslamp
Jul. 21st, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I honestly cannot see it any other way with these two.
dreamflower02
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
This is just adorable! I love Sam and Rose-- they are such a down to earth couple and so right for one another!

I think that a sunbath will be quite good for them!
labourslamp
Jul. 21st, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
I think so too! I'm glad you enjoyed the tale!
blslarner
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Aha! Yes, this is definitely the proper place for our two Hobbits! Wonderful.
labourslamp
Jul. 21st, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Sam and Rosie seem to think so, too! *grin*
rhapsody11
Jul. 21st, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Awww cute! I really like the self-assured Sam here, making his wonderful wife just enough curious to see what it is actually about.
labourslamp
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I really like getting the opportunity to write an older Sam because of his self-assuredness. Thank you!
virtuella
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Scandalous! Hehehehehe...
labourslamp
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Somehow I think this kind of scandal is all right, when privately enjoyed by two so in love! *grin*
gamgeefest
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Sunbath, hmmmm? Sounds like an initiation prank, but at least they're both enjoying it! ;) Sam is such a wonderful husband, making sure they had their anniversary to themselves.
labourslamp
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Actually I got the idea from reading about old resorts in the American south where there were discreet rooms for sunbathing in the nude, combined with a good measure of the ancient Roman bath. I thought exposure to the sun might actually be considered healthy for the pallid Gondorian nobility, in small doses at least.
lindahoyland
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I love the way Sam is so blunt with Aragorn!
labourslamp
Jul. 22nd, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
The lovely thing is that he's one of the few people in Middle-earth that can still get away with it!
harrowcatliz
Jul. 22nd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
A sun bath sounds wonderful about now as it is tipping it down with rain. I am glad that they locked the door!
labourslamp
Jul. 23rd, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
It was probably customary to do so, given the indecent exposure that would happen otherwise!
nancylea57
Jul. 22nd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
leave it to sam to need his back "scrubbed" while sunbathing.
labourslamp
Jul. 23rd, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Hey, if Rosie likes it, who am I to judge?
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labourslamp
Jul. 23rd, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
I really cannot believe that I'm the only person who actually tried to write the other kind of hot for this challenge!
cookiefleck
Jul. 24th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
I really liked this and the characterizations were great. Thanks!
labourslamp
Jul. 25th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I had a lot of fun imagining Sam and Rose still madly in love 12 children later on!
nautika3
Jun. 23rd, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
LOL! I love it!
labourslamp
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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